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My research focuses on questions at the interface of community ecology, digestive physiology, and life history evolution. I primarily study bees because they represent an excellent system for asking questions about the evolution of mutualistic relationships and the mechanisms that drive these interactions. My work leverages techniques from genetics, chemical ecology, and physiology, and integrates both laboratory and fieldwork components for a more comprehensive perspective of my study system.
Please click on the pictures below to learn more about my research in different areas.
Fly Taxonomy and Ecology

Fly Taxonomy and Ecology

Neophyllomyza quadricornis, the most common species of Neophyllomyza in North America

Electric Fish Evolution

Electric Fish Evolution

Gymnotus panamensis, one of the banded electric knifefish

Chemical Ecology of Diet Choice

Chemical Ecology of Diet Choice

Assorted pollen grains showing variable structures

Insect-Microbe Interactions

Insect-Microbe Interactions

Peponapis pruinosa nest cell with invading fungus

Digestive Physiology & Pharmacophagy

Digestive Physiology & Pharmacophagy

Peponapis pruinosa with visible gut filled with pollen grains.

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